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MrsMary Sent This to me at work. Had to Leave my office to Laugh


This is a parody on 80’s toys and commercials that really made me laugh uncontrollably. All the joking aside this reminded a lot about what George Carlin said about wars and foreign policy. Maybe aside from the need to ridicule 80’s toy and TV action figures there is a message in this … Probably not but it can’t hurt to make some connections


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A Foreign Policy on the decision making process of which country to go to war with. The basis of this policy is founded on what is called “dick fear” where men feel inadequate about the size of there dicks so they have to kill each other in order to boost there self-esteem. Can also be applied in Bars, Locker Rooms, and Athletics.

Usually founded on the following statement.

“What? They have bigger dicks?! BOMB THEM!” 
-George Carlin


 

Big Man Canon – Cockmasters

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Today Is Good Friday – What That Means For Your Travel Home


goodfridayphilippinesMy parents were not religious. We only went to Church when my pops felt guilty about something. I am not religious but getting all these sacraments and going to a catholic school for a 13 years has given me keen insight into religious minded Christian-folk. It has also given me weird sexual deviance(s), because I can’t get off unless I feel guilty and ashamed. This is why I went on a strict non-christian dating policy for a while. Christians are big on marriage because they cannot function without a constant source of misery.

But I’m not here to talk about the finer points of Christian Dogma, or how appliances at the Vatican run on the tears of the sexually abused children the Church let themselves into. Actually I am going to give you another bit of stunning insight that you won’t get anywhere else.

Good Friday

Everything you need to know about Christianity is lodged in the word Good Friday.  If I understand correctly, by being beaten and eventually killed Jesus saved all future people who believe in him  from sin. While I don’t know how Jesus can love me 2000 years before I was born, I know that his death gave Christians everywhere a complex. I call it the: What Can Your Death do for Me Complex. It’s a Good Friday because someone else’s suffering hooked me up with some benefit.

Check it out, ask yourself

  • When the Church/Christians killed Gay People/Women/Other Christians/Non-Christian/ back in the Day, what did it do for them ?
  • When the Church/Christian OK’ed slavery in the New World, or assisted with the Genocide of the First People what did it do for them?

Well when Church killed gays they were able to get more of the frilly expensive Liberace-like clothing that the real flamboyant gays would normally use, in order to make the outrageous robes for priests bishops and Cardinals. When the Cathars were slaughtered that was once less group of people to question the authority of the Church etc. Killing women and treating them like shit for a few centuries forced the remaining women who were spared to focus on making more babies thus creating more victims for the Church’s sexual abuse industrial complex.

Ok Let’s Get Serious Now

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Christianity has nothing to do nowadays with the message of my homey Jesus. You can’t love your neighbor with a drone Army or by destroying nature. If we are honest with ourselves, if Jesus came back from the dead again, he couldn’t get through the security checks at most airports. He was a Semitic man who wore sandals had long hair, a beard, and spoke Aramaic which the majority of uneducated Americans would take to be Arabic.

roofie-detecting-strawChristianity is one part of a vast bureaucratic machine that is indiscriminately destroying life. Religion is not as Marx said the opiate of the people, it is manufactured consent like a roofie. If you see Christians on the way home today you can dress down your wealth or importance, by wearing  Sweat pants, preferably run-down dirty sneakers or Ugg boots. Or you can go the opposite route and wear things made by companies that promote child labor and harsh working conditions etc

Welcome to the Fold

MrMary

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Looking for the Real Dr. Martin Luther King 2 – Casting a Wide Net of Radical Policies


Read Part 1 Here

martin_luther_king_jr_by_marvin_kronerI knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today–my own government.
– MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.

When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
– MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr.

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Presenting an Outline

It is clear to me that many of the politician who invoke MLK Jr’s name to curry favor with the public generally do not know the full breadth of his message. What is particularly sad is that while everyone remembers the I Have a  Dream Speech, no mention is made of the plethora of other poignant speeches Dr King. There is one speech in particular that took place in Riverside Church in my home of NYC called Beyond Vietnam. Here is an apt summary of the speech:

King’s ”Beyond Vietnam” speech was delivered at the Riverside Church in New York exactly one year before his assassination. Civil rights leaders urged King not to speak out on the Vietnam War, but he said he could not separate issues of economic injustice, racism, war, and militarism.

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Nowadays…

In our new media today we never draw relationships between economic injustice, racism war and militarism. If you watched the last Presidential elections you can clearly see that a significant majority of our elected officials do not believe that there is such a thing as economic injustice. There are only lazy people who do not want to work. Furthermore the voting rights law was  gutted 5 months ago because there was “little evidence of continuing racial discrimination in the states that were required to get pre-clearance before changing their voting laws, although Congress had rather pointedly disagreed when it renewed the Voting Rights Act in 2006, 7 years prior. Also having special ops forces in 134 nations ( 705 of the nations on this earth is not an example of militarism -“the belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests.” War, well we are always at war.

Moving Forward

I would like then to present to you a hodge-podge of snippets of some of what was at the time and to a certain extent current pretty radical thinking from Dr. King. I tried to present as many original quotes as was possible. In the next installment I will wrap it up, but I think it is important in light of our current political ambiance to look at what was considered radical thinking in the 60’s. One of the shortest but  most interesting quotes I found in my search was: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.”. 

MLK on Women’s Rights and Family planning

“I do not think it is correct to argue that birth control is sinful. The natural order is given us, not as an absolute finality, but as something to be guided and controlled. […] Changes in social and economic conditions make smaller families desirable, if not necessary. […] A final consideration is that women must be considered as more than ‘breeding machines.’ It is true that the primary obligation of the woman is that of motherhood, but an intelligent mother wants it to be a responsible motherhood — a motherhood to which she has given her consent, not a motherhood due to impulse and chance. And this means birth control in some form. All of these factors, seem to me, to make birth control rationally and morally justifiable.” 

MLK on War Militarism

“God didn’t call America to do what she’s doing in the world now. God didn’t call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war as the war in Vietnam. And we are criminals in that war. We’ve committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I’m going to continue to say it. And we won’t stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation. “

How MLK’s Four Idea to battle economic injustice

that the inseparable twin of racial injustice was economic injustice.”  – MLK

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism. ” -MLK

Here was King’s Four Ideas to battle economic Injustice 

  1. Ratifying an economic bill of rights
  2. Guaranteeing everyone a basic income
  3. Building a powerful labor movement
  4. Guaranteeing a job for anyone who can work
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighting between Syrian insurgents and government forces in Aleppo left one of the Middle East’s most storied mosques severely damaged on Wednesday, its soaring minaret toppled by explosives. Each side accused the other of responsibility for the destruction at the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo’s walled ancient city, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Une Bloguese engagée – One blog that has touched me sincerely


BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighting between Syrian insurgents and government forces in Aleppo left one of the Middle East’s most storied mosques severely damaged on Wednesday, its soaring minaret toppled by explosives. Each side accused the other of responsibility for the destruction at the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo’s walled ancient city, a Unesco World Heritage site.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighting between Syrian insurgents and government forces in Aleppo left one of the Middle East’s most storied mosques severely damaged on Wednesday, its soaring minaret toppled by explosives. Each side accused the other of responsibility for the destruction at the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo’s walled ancient city, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Anyone who has been in a relationship knows that even if you tell someone the truth, how you tell it could  have major ramifications. What we choose to leave out what we choose to say can many times reveal things about how we actually feel about things. This is the reason why deconstruction was so earth shattering when I got into Derrida. Actually I cut class to read Derrida  that how serious it was.

Why am I writing this

The reason I bring this up is the news. The news is  a product; 95% of the news companies and outlets are owned by 5 major companies. As we have seen with the bombings in Boston and with drumming of war supports the media plays a large role in shaping w2hat we imagine to be true.  People are reduced to shockingly incomplete stereotypes  and while the truth of certain events are told they are told in such a way as to bias the listener to accept certain conclusion that they might not so readily accept.

I have found in my life that travelings outside of my comfort zone and talking to people who I normally don’t get the opportunity have totally changed my outlook on life. The internet for me allows me to interact with people I would not have had the chance to.  One interaction that has touched me sincerely has been reading the blog of LevantWoman.

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To cut to the chase she is a blogger from Syria. The situation in Syria has really  been heart breaking to read, there are real human beings like you or eye suffering every day and yet nothing seems to be happening  to help the situation along. I don’t know what to believe when I read the newspapers or I hear the different political analyses. But I know the suffering is real. Many of us complain about our jobs, about our spouses and about a seemingly endless number of things, which is expected we are human beings but I wonder about how conscious we are  of the suffering of another.

We like to think that we are discrete nations in this world, we like to quickly pass judgement and find someone to blame. If something has happened somewhere else beyond our borders its not our problem although history shows us again and again that what affects one of us affects all of us. What is happening in Syria is affecting or will affect all of us. How it will affect us remains to seen. But there are other stories more important now that get the magazines and newspapers sold.  Syria is not at the front of our minds

Read this

I have taken this from the about page of LevantWoman

Once up on a time in a kingdom fa.. Oh sorry not in a kingdom , in some kind of republic or an ex-republic there lived a princes.. oh sorry just a normal girl like any one you may ever knew ..

She had few things to love, her beloved one , friends, her sisters, some oil paintings, and her voice since she used to sing every time she was nervous or unhappy. Those little things were all she got and she really was happy to get all she ever wanted. Now that everything has changed .. she lost her beloved one in the war, she doesn’t sing anymore or have any passion to draw again. This is a try .. a last try for her to survive the war

I invite everyone to read her latest post:  Im Syrian, I got used to it . I really felt that I needed to read this post when I read it after class tonight. Habibi (That is the only thing I remember from the brief study of Arabic I did a while back) responded to my post: MrMary On Blogging: What Would You Do if Your Blog Got Famous ? and said:

if the blog got famous then I’ll have a bigger motivation to go on.. I’ll write about things that no camera will see.. I will start a series of stories from the war ..When will I stop..maybe when the war is over

I really do hope her blog gets famous, I hope she continues to write and gives us a window into something real and I hope maybe one day I can visit Syria one day see the tomb of Ibn arabi  and talk with some stranger about Wahdjat al Wujud, maybe I’ll play the daf a bit. Maybe hear a reading of Adonis, see the traces of a culture that goes as far back as 2000 BCE

that’s it

Dave

Once up on a time in a kingdom fa.. Oh sorry not in a kingdom , in some kind of republic or an ex-republic there lived a princes.. oh sorry just a normal girl like any one you may ever knew ..

She had few things to love, her beloved one , friends, her sisters, some oil paintings, and her voice since she used to sing every time she was nervous or unhappy. Those little things were all she got and she really was happy to get all she ever wanted.

Now that everything has changed .. she lost her beloved one in the war, she doesn’t sing anymore or have any passion to draw again.

This is a try .. a last try for her to survive the war

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MrMary’s Reflective Thoughts on the coming Election


My Voting Registration thingie

I am an American by birth, but still feel like an outsider to the general happenings of the country. While I always pay attention to Elections this elections I decided to actually vote for the first time and it has been an interesting experience, and I thought I would share my observations with you about the election. In doing so it is my hope more importantly to shed light on the mindset of my fellow American. I have always felt from my interactions with people that when Americans go to the polls to vote the whole world waits in anticipation and I would like in this post and in other posts to explore why that is so.

The Machine Winds Down

Finally this week Tuesday the election will be over and the infernal machine will go fade from sight to reside just beyond the periphery of sight wielding its influence in the most clandestine of ways. It has been apparent to me that elections bring out the worst in Americans. As we move closer and closer to the dramatic conclusion I wonder how will we as a nation interact with each other after the election is over. I have observed over the course of the election a few interesting behaviors both virtually through social media and in person.

I myself do not consider myself part of any party, I rather vote on which party’s agenda matches my own philosophy on a variety of issue  so I feel no animosity if someone votes for a party different than the one I will vote for. But if you look at Facebook activity that as I learned is not the case with everyone. As the election campaigns progressed I decided to post interesting articles I found on the election on my personal Facebook page. In doing that I witness a few things:

People spend a considerable energy to insult other people (friends) who don’t agree with them.

It is hard to discern that the people who have access to your thoughts and postings are actually your friends from the comments. The comments left on my page were very I found disrespectful because they call into question not only my ability to gather process and comprehend information but also my self-identity. Here are three type of comments I have either received or saw on my friends  Facebook timeline.

Informing Condescending Comments – You obviously don’t have access to or cannot use your intelligence enough to acquire the correct information. Everyone else but me and the people who believe what I believe in is an idiot. It these “idiots” that eventually will cripple  America due to their lack of information. I have taken it upon myself to find articles that advocate the opposite viewpoint.

Deconstructing Self-Identity Comments – You vote this way because you are ( black, white, Hispanic, women, gay, old, had this former occupation, follow this religion, are an immigrant). Like a savage you use only your basal emotions to guide you. You are not enlightened enough to gather succinct information, then form a hypothesis , and subsequently and objectively corroborate that hypothesis with more facts.

Accusatory Comment – Clearly if you don’t believe what I believe to be true you are anti-American and don’t care about this nation. You just care about yourself, and if you don’t get your way you will complain and just do anything you can to block progress.

Not a Culture of Discourse

It became clear to me that we are not a culture of discourse or debate. What I mean is that whenever to people of opposing opinions come together to discuss things they do not do so to learn anything from each other. The purpose of debate and discourse is the selling of an ideology. The fact that fact-checking played such a visible role in this election is testament to this fact. The public sphere is not a place for the sharing of ideas or learning, and I wonder if in America it was every the case from colonial times to present day. The essence of American politics has always been to divide, disenfranchise and exploit.

The vision that the Founding Fathers had for America didn’t include Black, Hispanics, Asian, Native Americans or women who shared equal footing with their male counterparts. The signer of the Declaration  of Independence were part of the landed aristocracy of the Southern Colonies or the mercantilistic based Aristocracy of the Northern colonies. They set the precedence that the dictates of the legal institutions were not the dictates of the social sphere: all men on paper are created equally but socially that’s not the case. Legally one has the right to free speech and protest but in actuality doing so can put one in a world of hurt or in the worst case scenario cost one their life.

For me without education the democratic process cannot work and I would like to share with you two quotes that for me sum up why:

“Anyone who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities” — Voltaire

 “Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance” 

My Distrust 

Scholars, who pride themselves on speaking their minds, often engage in a form of self-censorship which is called “realism.” To be “realistic” in dealing with a problem is to work only among the alternatives which the most powerful in society put forth. It is as if we are all confined to a, b, c, or d in the multiple choice test, when we know there is another possible answer. American society, although it has more freedom of expression than most societies in the world, thus sets limits beyond which respectable people are not supposed to think or speak.

Howard Zinn

I have a great distrust of government and I feel that so much of political rhetoric is divorced from History. Each political statement is crafted for it to be a self-autonomous sound byte. It not connect  to the past and to history. Even in school in America when we are taught american history it tends to be divided up in presidencies; we hear about Lincoln’s presidency and it’s problems, we read about Andrew Jackson’s presidency and its problems. We are never taught a American history that depicts america as one country , one jig-saw puzzle piece in a vast living tapestry. American history stands alone and everything else is tangential and there is a sort of hubris there that is evident in our foreign policy which has been described as having nothing to do with democracy.

I truly believe that if American History was taught in a way inclusive of the history of the many immigrant groups that emigrated to her teaming shores things would be a bit different. We would be less reluctant to go to war I feel. We would care more about the people and less about the ideology. An educated populace is a catalyst for great change and is a buffer to the megalomanic  desires of the select few with power.  Without education how effectively can we notice the deliberate removal of nuance? How effectively can we  be made to believe in absurdities?

Momentary Conclusion

This was meant only to be a brief intro into a series of observations. Basically this election is an experiment for me. I really don’t feel voting is an effective means for change really because voting is seen and depicted as being separate from action.  The changes brought by  the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Gay Right’s, Immigrant Right’s Movement were not brought by voting alone, some people had to die first. Voting I feel is a legal and political statement but not an indication of the social reality. I think that disconnect allows us to be exploited and cajoled as a nation.

Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens. – Howard Zinn

It is clear from the election that the race, Women’s Rights, Immigrant Rights, and gay Rights are still an issue; that while we operate a mindset that is stuck in the past and that is always scary to me. More thoughts later

MrMary